Having a job is a lot of things - it can be rewarding, fulfilling, and motivating but other times it can be demanding, stressful or time consuming. Even if you truly enjoy your job it can often be difficult, especially as an independent consultant, to balance the ideas of work and life. Sometimes the most difficult part of the entire process is simply identifying that the scales are tipped and that maybe your spending a little too much time in Excel and not enough time with the people you enjoy.
Here's a quick quiz to help you find out where you fall within the work balance scale:
In the last four weeks how many times has work interfered with your ability to take part in, participate in or attend a social or family event or function?
Which statement accurately describes your behaviors?
If I had to make a decision I would prioritize work before family, friends or social obligations.
Has the strain of work ever affected the amount of effort or energy you are able to put into other activities in your life?
A family member or friends has tickets to an even you both have been looking forward to, but it falls late Sunday night during a busy week. You would:
Do you feel you have a good work life balance?
Tally up your answers.
If you mostly answered A, then your work-life balance is out of proportion. You may risk burn out and exhaustion.
If you answered mostly B, then it is also important that you take a look at your workload and schedule, although you may not be as absorbed in work as others you still give it high priority over outside activities that may help refresh or stimulate you.
If you answered mostly C, then you are right on the edge of having a strong work life balance. You are aware of its importance and perhaps one or two things you could change to help even everything out.
Finally, if you answered D, to a majority of the questions then chances are you have an excellent work life balance and should continue to dedicate time to work and family\friends equally.